February 16: Mindfulness Day, with Carmel Sheridan MA, M.Sc. This day-long retreat can help with stress, anxiety, depression and can have a positive effect on your personal growth as well as physical problems like hypertension and chronic pain. Carmel’s tel: 086-8185974
February 22-24: Alexander Technique: this is a unique way of improving your posture, balance, and co-ordination. It can help prevent or dramatically alleviate backache, migraine, arthritis, insomnia, depression and stress as well as the whole range of physical aches and pains that are common today. Facilitator: Richard Brennan.
March 1-3: Bethany Training: For parish-based groups to support others in their grieving journey.
March 8-10: Centering Prayer: Take some quiet time-out that will enable you to better receive the gift of Christ’s presence and action in your life, during a weekend of contemplative prayer, stillness, solitude and reflection. Facilitator: Niamh Brennan.
March 22-24: S.A. Convention
March 23: Mindfulness Day
March 29-31: Marriage Preparation Weekend. (See Carousel)
April 5-7: Beginning Experience: for people who have been widowed, separated, or divorced.
April 12-14: Matt Talbot Weekend
April 18-21 (Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday morning): Easter Triduum Retreat, taking in the ceremonies of Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday, in a quiet, reflective space and time away… ‘pondering these things in our hearts’. Retreat Facilitator TBC.
April 22-28: Foyer of Charity: a silent time, with others: Do you need to come away, have time for yourself and rest for awhile? 5-day silent retreat preached by Fr. Kilian Byrne. Theme: ‘If you but knew the gift of God…’ presents a synthesis of the Christian faith: Authentic spiritual teaching in a climate of silence. Enquiries: Helen 086-1678027
School Retreats: Meantime, from January to the end of May, there are School Retreats, from Leaving Cert age down to Confirmation Classes. For information on what our Youth Ministry Team can offer you, contact Youth Ministry Office 091 850298, or email email@example.com
Enquiries to Secretary Esker, 091 844007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to find us: Esker Monastery and Retreat Centre is about three miles from Athenry Town, towards Kiltullagh. Eircode is H65XA36
Esker Youth Ministry continues most weeks, for students from 6th Class up to 6th Year: Enquiries to email@example.com, or to 091 850298: day retreats and over-night retreats: also bonding-days for students.
YOU ARE INVITED TO CONSIDER USING ESKER AS A BASE FOR ONE OF YOUR GROUPS
Pilgrimages, Summer Camps, Youth Events -the Village as a Base: Our facilities are available for rental, provided certain conditions are met. The facilities are also available for Youth Group Events. Our Youth Village facilities and/or Retreat House can make an excellent base for groups, from Ireland and Overseas, who wish to go on Pilgrimage from here to various sacred places and shrines in the West,- eg. Knock, CroaghPatrick, Ballintubber Abbey, Clonmacnoise, Clonfert,- or to visit Connemara or the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
The Youth Village has two dormitories with bunk beds; each dormitory can sleep about 35. There are also separate sleeping facilities in each, for adult leaders. The ‘Rambling House’ is a place where groups can prepare their own food, if they wish. The Retreat House has plenty of accommodation also, subject to availability.
Among the facilities we have available on site are an 18 hole Pitch & Putt course and a variety of wooded walks.
In our retreats, we take time to celebrate the humanity of each young person, affirming their dignity and worth, hearing their questions and struggles, and seeking to show them who they truly are, through the face and eyes of Jesus Christ, as made in the image and likeness of their Creator. We work so that they will experience themselves and others with truth and real joy, by the time they leave us for home. We place before them food for the journey of Life. When possible, we end each retreat with a celebration of Eucharist with the students.
We offer One-Day Retreats/Reflection Days, and also Residential Retreats. Parishes offer a day in Esker as a special gift to their Confirmation Children, with an early start and arriving for 9.30am or so, departing around 2.30 or 3pm, when possible.
The beauty of the spacious grounds is another part of the experience for all who come to Esker, as is the beauty and simplicity of the Youth Village itself – an old converted farmyard.
In Esker, once a Dominican Foundation, now a Redemptorist Community, “Welcome” is our middle name! Everyone who comes is a V.I.P.
Contact 091 844007